January 5, 2004
by Canadian Architect
Architecture for Humanity, a non-governmental organization that has designed transitional housing for displaced populations, among other charitable works, seeks architects, designers and engineers willing to provide design services pro bono to help reinstate housing in the city of Bam in southern Iran. A powerful 12-second earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale and hitting the area on Christmas Day, 2003, has left more than 5000 dead with a possibility of up to 20,000 buried alive beneath rubble. In addition to the massive loss of life, many buildings that used the earliest known mud construction techniques in a UNESCO world heritage site in the city have been destroyed, and with them a cultural and economic centre for the city. Parties interested in contributing services or financial aid through Architecture for Humanity should contact [email protected] and add “Iran Earthquake” in the subject line.